World Hypertension Day
Did you know?
- Globally, nearly 100 crore people have high blood pressure (hypertension) of which two-third live in developing countries like India.
- Hypertension is one of the most important causes of early death among adults.
- Hypertension directly increases the risk of heart attack and brain stroke.
World Hypertension Day is observed on May 17th every year across the world to create awareness about hypertension also known as High Blood Pressure (HBP). It was first initiated in May 2005 and has now become an important date in the medical calendar to alert people and encourage them to take steps to control this “silent killer”.
Hypertension is more like a disease but without any symptoms. It is described as higher than normal blood circulation and pressure in the blood vessels, which damages the blood vessels. If neglected, it can cause death. Anyone can develop HBP but it is more common as you get older.
Risks of High Blood Pressure
Why do we observe World Hypertension Day?
- To motivate people to undergo regular check-ups, at least once a year
- To urge the younger generation to maintain their appropriate weight, blood pressure and cholesterol level, and exercise regularly.
- To promote early detection, prevention and medication for HBP
- To motivate doctors to provide proper medication and treatment
- To encourage people to leave unhealthy habits like alcohol, smoking and avoid oily and unhealthy food
Ways to control High Blood Pressure
- Try losing some weight, at least around your waistline.
- Exercise for a minimum of 30 minutes every day.
- Increase your intake of fruits and vegetables.
- Limit alcohol and cigarettes.
- Reduce stress.
- Keep monitoring your blood pressure levels.
Be Healthy, Stay Happy!